Do you lack of energy, feel washed out and tired? You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion.
Summer is here! The sun is shining down warm plentiful light of the world. So it’s time to get out there and let your body make some vitamin D3 of which many people are defient. It is important to expose bare skin to sun light for at least 15 – 20 minutes every day supports overall health and wellbeing, allows for stronger bones and a stronger immune system, while
also boosting energy and mood as vitamin D3 is known to do.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Recognize any of these symptoms:
- Feel worn out all the time even though you get enough sleep?
- Feel tired at night but can’t fall asleep?
- Feel bloated?
- Crave salty snacks?
- Feel stressed out, scatter brained, can’t focus?
- Have little interest in sex?
- Gain weight easily?
You might be experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency.
Many health professionals including Dr. Christiane Northrup call this condition “adrenal exhaustion”. Some call it “adrenal fatigue”. The condition is caused when the body over produces the stress hormone cortisol on an ongoing basis, and does not produce enough DHEA to counterbalance the negative effects of cortisol. After about age 45, men and women alike make too much cortisol and not enough DHEA.
Especially prevalent in adults after age 45, adrenal fatigue can be a chronic condition that gets worse as we get older; and it requires more than just a cup of coffee or an energy drink to fix it. Consider taking Dr. James Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Questionnaire from his book Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, to recognize the possible presence and degree of adrenal fatigue.
If you want to learn more about adrenal fatigue and the many benefits of using a properly made bioidentical DHEA cream, check out the Forever Young radio show discussion on this topic. Hugh Woodward, President of Health2Go, the source of Twist 25 DHEA Cream, was invited by Kelly Cappasola, the show host, to share research that’s been done on adrenal fatigue and why a bioidentical DHEA cream called Twist 25 can have “dramatically-transforming head-to-toe rejuvenating effects”.
As always, it is important to see a physician to be sure you’re thyroid and iron levels are O.K., and that nothing else is going on that may need attention. Have your hormone levels checked. Often people with symptoms of adrenal exhaustion discover their DHEA levels are low.
Drink Plenty of Water
About 60% of the human body is water. If you are not drinking enough water, you will probably feel thirsty; but by the time thirst is noticed, which is an obvious sign you need water, there are usually lots of other effects happening like feeling tired or dizzy, foggy thinking, lack of concentration headache, very yellow urine, bad breath, or muscle cramps. Amy Goodson, a sports dietician, says that “2% dehydration in your body causes a 10% decrease in your athletic performance; and the more dehydrated you get the worse performance gets.”
A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. So, for example, if you weigh 160 lbs. then you need to drink about 80 oz. of water per day. An easy way to tell if you’re drinking enough water is you should drink enough so that your urine is light colored yellow, not dark yellow. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, remember it’s a much better way to stay hydrated than drinking sodas or fruit juices that are unfortunately usually loaded with high fructose corn syrup and other chemicals. A better option is to drink coconut water as an alternative. Coconut water is an electrolyte-balancing beverage that has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drinks. Or you might like to experiment with infusions …
Infusions – A Refreshing and Healthy Recipe for Summer Hydration
Sometimes it’s nice to add a healthy zing of flavor to drinking water. What you can do is add a few slices of lemon, lime, or orange to the water to give it some flavor. Some other tasty and healthy options are slices of cucumber, apple or celery; or a sprig of mint, cilantro or basil … In short, you can ‘infuse’ water with a single flavor or any combination that turns you on. Feeling adventurous? How about adding some watermelon and kiwi? …or pineapple and basil? What’s your favorite flavor ?
A simple search will turn up myriad recipes, but really all you need is a glass jug, some fresh healthy filtered or bottled water and one or more of the delicious fruit or herbal options listed above. Allow some time for the flavor to get into the water and enjoy the summer freshness that’s good for you. Stay well hydrated because drinking plenty of water is key for good health!
From Health2Go, the best DHEA hormone cream supplier, makers of Twist 25 DHEA cream, we wish you a healthy, happy summer of looking and feeling your best!